Christian Dior turned back the clock for its latest runway show in Paris on Tuesday (February 25), as designer Maria Grazia Chiuri dipped into her childhood and teenage memories in Italy with 1970s-inspired looks.
Models in headscarves donned checkered prints and fringed blouses and dresses, while the designer also explored feminist references that first inspired her, and which have become a recurrent theme for the LVMH-owned brand.
"I come back when I was younger in Rome around 17, 18.
Because it was an important moment in my life.
I remember very well, at that time in Italy, there was important issue for the women, because it started, the liberation of women, the feminist movement." Chiuri told Reuters in an interview.
Inspired by Carla Lonzi, a feminist activist from the seventies and Marc Bohan, Dior's creative director for 30 years, the Autumn-Winter styles featured polka-dot prints, crossed-body bags and see-through shirts.
Dior was one of the first major French brands to kick off Paris Fashion Week, which closes the latest season of shows that have whizzed through New York, London and Milan.
"Consent" was one of the catch phrases of Dior's show on Tuesday (February 25) in Paris Fashion Week, where Hollywood actresses acknowledged the watershed moment in the guilty verdict handed to former movie producer Harvey Weinstein.
Weinstein was convicted on Monday (February 24) of sexual assault and rape.
The verdict was a milestone for the #MeToo movement, which Weinstein's case fuelled in late 2017 and inspired women to accuse hundreds of powerful men in entertainment, business, media, politics and other fields of sexual misconduct.
Actresses Demi Moore, Andie Macdowell and Sigourney Weaver were among the stars on the front row at the Paris show.
"You know it's connecting all of us, in all these different countries, in all these different fields -to work together to support each other and not back down, and not wait for your turn.
I think we've waited long enough." actress Sigourney Weaver said after the show.
The coronavirus outbreak meant there were few Asian buyers in attendance.
Last week, Italian fashion houses Armani presented in an empty theatre at Milan Fashion Week.
(Production: Michaela Cabrera, Noemie Olive, Sarah Duffy)